An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck Tuesday afternoon near Washington, D.C., the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The epicenter was in Mineral, Virginia. The quake was four miles deep, according to the USGS. Did you feel it? Send CNN an iReport.
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Update 3:36 p.m. ET: Terminal A at Washington Reagan National Airport has been evacuated because of an odor of gas, airport spokeswoman Courtney Mickalonis said. Initial sweeps of the building showed no major damage from the earthquake.
Light structural damage has been reported in Culpepper and Orange counties in Virginia, said Laura Southard of the state Emergency Operations Center. She said there have been no reports of injuries in Virginia.
Update 3:28 p.m. ET: The White House and adjacent buildings evacuated as a precaution following the earthquake have been given the all-clear, the U.S. Secret Service said. The FBI and Justice Department have also reopened evacuated buildings.
Update 3:25 p.m. ET: East Coast residents should be prepared to feel aftershocks from Tuesday's earthquake, a U.S. Geological Survey official said.
Update 3:22 p.m. ET: The North Anna nuclear power plant, located 20 miles from the epicenter, is shut down and in a safe condition, a company official and the Louisa County public information office report. There has been no release of nuclear material, Louisa County spokeswoman Amanda Reidelbach said.
Update 3:04 p.m. ET: All national monuments and parks in Washington are "stable but closed" following Tuesday's earthquake, a United States Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser said. A couple of minor injuries and some minor structural damage have been reported in Washington, following Tuesday's earthquake, according to Schlosser.
Part of the central tower of the National Cathedral, the highest point in Washington, was damaged, according to spokesman Richard Weinberg. "It looks like three of the pinnacles have broken off the central tower," Weinberg told CNN.
Update 3:02 p.m. ET: Amtrak is reporting service disruptions between Washington and Baltimore because of the earthquake, the company reported on Twitter.
Aftershocks are a concern, U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones told CNN. "People should be expecting (them), especially over the next hour or two," she said.
The quake was felt in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York City and on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where President Barack Obama is vacationing. It's unknown if the president felt the quake.
The Pentagon has been evacuated, CNN's Barbara Starr reports. "When the building began shaking rather violently, hundreds of people began streaming out," she said, because many people thought that the building was under attack. Starr was standing in the Pentagon's press office when the roof started to shake.
Cell phone service has been disrupted in New York City, CNN learned within minutes of the quake.
Updated 2:47 p.m. ET: A "considerable amount" of water from a water pipe has flooded two corridors of the Pentagon, according to an announcement in the building. People who work in those areas are being asked to stay in their offices while workers try to repair the damage.
The National Cathedral in Washington is damaged, CNN has confirmed.
And Dominion Generation, which operates the North Anna nuclear power station in central Virginia a few miles from the epicenter of the earthquake, is trying to reach operational staff at the plant, according to a company spokesman. Landlines to the plant appear to be down.
Shortly after the quake struck, traders in the New York Stock Exchange also felt the quake and shouted to each other, "Keep trading!" CNN's business correspondent Alison Kosik reported from the floor at 2:20 p.m. E.T.
Twitter traffic suggests the quake was felt all over the East Coast.
In Philadelphia, HunterPence3 tweeted, "Wow Earthquake just shook the entire locker room!"
In Cleveland, "tribeinsider" wrote "I'm no expert but i think we just had an earthquake here."
And even in Toronto, Canada, tweets said that the shaking could be felt for minutes.
Pete Krech, who works at a business in Fredericksburg, Virginia, likened the sensation to being on a jolting amusement ride. "I was receiving a supply truck," said Krech, store manager at Mattress Warehouse of Fredericksburg, south of Washington. "I felt a vibration under my feet."
Brendan Wein, a sales representative at Hoffman Nursery in Roxboro, North Carolina, said he thought there was a helicopter flying above his work building.Â "I was literally shaking in my chair," he said.
CNN iReporter Jeff Yapalater said he was in his backyard in New York's Long Island when the earthquake hit. "Suddenly I felt this light swaying of the Earth. I'd never felt that before, so I thought maybe I was experiencing vertigo for a moment, and it lasted maybe 30 seconds ... We're feeling this really far away!" he wrote.
This is the end of the world ....... lets kill each other.
I was sitting at my desk at home and I felt what I thought was the walls moving in the house. I thought the wind was doing it and then I realized the floor was moving! I felt like I was getting dizzy too at first, but when the floor moved it really creeped me out! I just experienced my first earthquake!
We felt in Cleveland, Ohio....specially those on the higher floors.
We didn't feel anything in Gilman CT.
Seriously get to work people. Who has time to read about all this stuff?
Felt it here in Pittsburgh, PA
Def felt the quake in Gainesville, FL – or it might have been the Gators practicing...easily confusible!
why don't you (Tea Party) leave Obama alone everything bad that happens is not his fault leave him alone where were you when your guys controlled the white house for 8 years
I felt the quake the moment it happened way down here in Decatur, GA. near Atlanta. It tripped me out when I saw my floor lamps rocking from side to side, and I called my mother 600 miles away to the west in Arkansas. At first she thought I was mistaken until the news about the quake started breaking only moments after my call.
Felt a vibration in Charleston, West Virginia
I was sitting at my dining room table having lunch with an out of town friend when we felt my house start shaking as if it was a washing machine that had an unbalanced load. With a huge, heavy chandelier over the table, we decided to go outside. No other neighbors were home or outside anyway, so we were not sure whether it was my house blowing up or if it was really an earthquake. Wow, what a frightening experience.
Bronx NY (parkchester). The building shook and so did the furnitures inside
I think it's very strange that the eastern cost of United-States shaked by earthquakes .I'm very astonished.Perhap's it's the Elenin effect!
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Yeah, lived in CA 20+ years, and only after a year in Maryland I finally felt my first "big" earthquake. That's right, people, I only felt one earthquake in CA and it was very small. It just goes to show you that a big earthquake can threaten anyplace.
I felt it in PA. my washer and dryer shook and garge doors for a bout 5 seconds. i thought i might have been crazy until i saw it on CNN.